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How to bring color, texture and beauty to your party with floral arrangements 

Choosing flowers for an event involves more than selecting your favorite blooms. Floral arrangements can enhance and cement the theme or mood of your event, add color and texture, elegance, scents and more. Flowers and greenery can be made into garlands, placed on tables, hung in globe vases or displayed in other creatie ways.

  Before deciding on flowers, tell your florist if your party has a theme or style (Hawaiian luau, baby shower, color theme, golden anniversary, etc.). Is the party geared toward a traditional garden style with large centerpieces or a contemporary style with multiple vases and smaller arrangements?

  Eva Baillie, floral manager at The Plant Gallery, says there are many factors in creating a cohesive look, including venue, floor plan for the party, room type, size and placement of tables, color choices, theme and other items.

  The next focus should be on the centerpiece. Baillie suggests using hydrangeas as a base and building the arrangement by adding peonies, calla lilies, orchids and roses. Those flowers are timeless and the most requested, she says.

  A loose, wildflower look accented with indigenous flora is popular right now, says Stephen Sonnier, co-owner of Dunn & Sonnier Flowers. Think baby's breath, calea flowers or crape myrtle blossoms showered on long tables. He says people are moving away from bouquets with tightly packed flowers to more natural, "homegrown" designs with lots of vegetation.

  "We have a lucky advantage of greenery all around us," Sonnier says. "We can find anything to use, such as leaves and foliage." He suggests short rather than tall centerpieces so guests can talk to each other across the table.

  Small details and unusual treatments make an impression, according to the staff at Mitch's Flowers. Scarlet garlands and hanging baskets are stylish, along with tiny flowers in vases placed throughout the location.

  These florists all agree: It's about the season. Summer parties look great with pops of bright colors, such as tulips and daffodils in spring and scabiosa and sunflowers in summer. Soft, sherbet tones such as coral, peach and orange are popular during warmer months.


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